Dukes v. Warden Chillicothe Correctional Institution
REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS - The portions of Petitioner's Motion to reopen pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 60(b)(ECF No. 30) directed to the District Court's judgment should be denied as untimely. In addition, in light of Judge Beckwith' ;s retirement, the Clerk will reassign this case to another District Judge. Objections to R&R due by 5/30/2017. Signed by Magistrate Judge Michael R. Merz on 5/16/2017. (kpf)(This document has been sent by regular mail to the party(ies) listed in the NEF that did not receive electronic notification.)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF OHIO
WESTERN DIVISION AT CINCINNATI
DARNELL M. DUKES,
Case No. 1:14-cv-545
District Judge Sandra S. Beckwith1
Magistrate Judge Michael R. Merz
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REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS
This habeas corpus case under 28 U.S.C. § 2254 is before the Court on Petitioner’s
Motion to reopen pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 60(b)(ECF No. 30).
Parts of the Motion seek to reopen the final judgment of the United States Court of
Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Case No. 15-4157. In that case the court of appeals denied
Petitioner’s request for a certificate of appealability from this Court’s dismissal of his habeas
corpus petition. Dukes v. Warden, Case No. 15-5147 (6th Cir. May 25, 2016)(unreported; copy at
ECF No. 27). This Court has no jurisdiction to consider a request to modify a judgment of the
Court of Appeals. Therefore those portions of the Motion that seek such relief should be denied
for lack of jurisdiction.
Final judgment in this case was entered September 15, 2015 (ECF No. 22). Fed. R.
60(c)(1) requires that a motion under Rule 60(b) be filed “within a reasonable time” and no more
In light of Judge Beckwith’s retirement, the Clerk will reassign this case to another District Judge.
than a year after judgment if the motion is for relief under Rule 60(b)(1), (2), or (3). The
portions of the Motion directed to this Court’s judgment assert that the Court committed “fraud
on the court” by not performing its judicial duty as Mr. Dukes sees it. Without commenting on
whether a federal judge’s failure to follow the law can ever constitute “fraud on the court,” the
Magistrate Judge notes that the instant Motion was not filed until May 12, 2017, far more than
one year after the judgment was entered. Therefore those portions of the Motion directed to the
District Court’s judgment should be denied as untimely.
May 16, 2017.
s/ Michael R. Merz
United States Magistrate Judge
NOTICE REGARDING OBJECTIONS
Pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 72(b), any party may serve and file specific, written objections to the
proposed findings and recommendations within fourteen days after being served with this Report
and Recommendations. Pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 6(d), this period is extended to seventeen
days because this Report is being served by mail. .Such objections shall specify the portions of
the Report objected to and shall be accompanied by a memorandum of law in support of the
objections. If the Report and Recommendations are based in whole or in part upon matters
occurring of record at an oral hearing, the objecting party shall promptly arrange for the
transcription of the record, or such portions of it as all parties may agree upon or the Magistrate
Judge deems sufficient, unless the assigned District Judge otherwise directs. A party may
respond to another party=s objections within fourteen days after being served with a copy thereof.
Failure to make objections in accordance with this procedure may forfeit rights on appeal. See
United States v. Walters, 638 F.2d 947, 949-50 (6th Cir. 1981); Thomas v. Arn, 474 U.S. 140,
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